Junk Food Addiction Begins in the Womb?
||Thu, 05-09-2013 - 11:51am
Women know they shouldn't smoke, drink alcohol, or do drugs while they're pregnant. But a new study on rats suggests that even females who eat junk food during pregnancy may be setting up their children for a lifetime of addiction.
A team of Australian scientists found a chemical basis behind this junk food addiction, pinpointing psychoactive chemicals that are produced as a reward response and trigger a natural high in the brain.
"When we eat foods high in fat and sugar, this increases the release of opioids and the feel-good peptide dopamine in the reward centre of the brain and creates a pleasurable sensation that keeps us going back for more," Dr. Beverly Mühlhäusler, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Adelaide who led the study, told The Huffington Post in an email.
Interesting! How concerned are you about your diet during pregnancy?